Tim Howard National Airport: ‘We the People’

Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.

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Tim Howard of the United States gestures during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Belgium and the United States at Arena Fonte Nova on July 1, 2014 in Salvador, Brazil.

Updated at 4:50 and 6:50 pm EDT

Even Tim Howard couldn’t save Team USA from the Belgian onslaught in Brazil.

For all those 16 shots on goal he blocked double-handedly-and-footed, a modern World Cup record, his own national team simply wasn’t firing enough at the other end of the pitch to avert its knockout 1-2 loss.

Consolation prize?

An airport, the way more than 7,000 people signing a petition at the White House’s “We the People”  blog site see it.

Move over Ronald Reagan, they say — Washington’s National Airport ought to be renamed for the 35-year-old goalkeeper from New Jersey by way of Liverpool (never mind that he’s on the roster now of the English premier league’s Everton Football Club, or that there’s an actual statue of the late and revered American president at the airport outside Washington that would need a new home.)

“Whereas Tim Howard has shown himself to be a national treasure, Minister of Defense, Friend of Joe Biden, and the holder for the record of most saves in a World Cup match; Therefore, we politely request that we rename the airport to recognize his accomplishments, and meritorious service to the United States of America,” the online petition opened yesterday states.

Somewhat fewer have petitioned to appoint Howard secretary of defense — get it? The king of defense could certainly handle national security.

Before anyone start commissioning a statue for Howard or tells Chuck Hagel to start packing his Pentagon desk, however, it’s worth noting what else people are petitioning for at the White House site: such as recognizing “Israel’s rampage against the Palestinian people,” or removing the tax-exempt status of “all churches in the United States.”

In context, maybe that airport renaming could be a simpler matter.

Or re-chiseling that mountain:

And someone seems to have gotten the word about his job going out to bidding at the White House petition site:

As for the president, he isn’t likely to take the airport petition too far, yet he, like Hagel, did place a phone call today.

Obama called the U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey and goalkeeper Howard “to commend them on their leadership and the team’s performance,” the White House said. “On the call, the president commended them not only for their work on the field, but for carrying themselves in a way that made the country proud.”

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